Corduroy (TV series)

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Corduroy
Genre Cartoon series
Developed by Betty Quan
Directed by Eduardo Soriano
Theme music composer Amin Bhatia
Country of origin Canada
China
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert, Clive A. Smith, Tony Hwang, Lin Oliver, Stuart Benjamin, Alise Benjamin
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Sichuan Top Animation
Release
Original network TVOKids
Treehouse TV
PBS Kids
Original release September 30 – December 23, 2000

Corduroy is a Canadian-Chinese animated children's TV series based on Don Freeman's 1968 children's book Corduroy and its 1978 follow-up A Pocket for Corduroy.[1] It originally aired for one season on Canadian TVOKids and U.S. PBS Kids' Bookworm Bunch in 2000, before it got cancelled along with Elliot Moose. The show consists of 26 10-minute stories, which were broadcast in pairs as 13 21-minute episodes. The story is set in New York City and follows the teddy bear Corduroy (whose personality is similar to a pre-school child) and his best friend Lisa, an American schoolgirl of Jamaican heritage. All Corduroy episodes were officially released onto YouTube in April 2013 on Treehouse TV's channel.[2]

Broadcasting[edit]

Cast and main characters[edit]

Adapted from end credits:[3][4]

  • Asa Perlman as Corduroy, Lisa's stuffed bear
  • Alesha Morrison as Lisa, Corduroy's owner and friend
  • Camille James as Lisa's Mom
  • Diane Fabian as Rosetta, the toy mouse
  • Len Carlson as Buckaroo, the rocking horse
  • Jake Goldsbie as Marty "Moppy", Lisa's friend

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from end credits:[3][4]

Episodes[edit]

# Title Air date[5]
1 "Lost and Found" September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)
Corduroy's first ride on the city subway is full of exciting sights and sounds. But when Lisa becomes distracted, and doesn't keep an eye out for Corduroy as she should, she and her toy bear get separated. Now it's up to both Lisa and Corduroy to come up with a solution for finding each other.
2 "Going Up" September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)
The apartment building elevator's out of order. For an energetic kid like Lisa, this doesn't pose much of a problem. But for some other tenants, such as the elderly, new mothers, and Moppy's Dad, who twisted his ankle, the stairs are a problem. Lisa and Corduroy provide a helping hand and sturdy legs to those in need of assistance.
3 "Good Night Corduroy" October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)
Corduroy just can't-or won't-get to sleep. He's thirsty, his pillow needs fluffing, he's cold, now he's hot. But what Corduroy won't admit is he's afraid of the dark. Lisa helps Corduroy overcome his fear by sharing her own past nighttime worries, and how she resolved them.
4 "Soap Flakes" October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)
Lisa's missing scissors and a messy linen closet in separate incidents Moppy and Corduroy learn that telling lies can usually bring a whole new mess of problems.
5 "Ice Dream" October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
It's the year's first snowfall, and of all things, Lisa and Corduroy are craving ice cream. Lisa's allowance is spent already, so Mom suggests Lisa use her own initiative to earn money to buy this snack. Lisa comes up with a great idea: she can clear her neighbors' sidewalks of snow!
6 "Special Delivery" October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
Corduroy ventures downstairs on his own to put a card to Lisa in the lobby mailbox after she surprises him with a "thinking of you" card.
7 "Clean Up" October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
The local park is so full of trash and discarded pop cans that even the poor ducks can't swim around in their pond. Lisa and Corduroy, along with their friends and neighbors, pitch in to help tidy up the park. But, as Lisa discovers, organization is the key to a successful clean up.
8 "Music Lesson" October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
Lisa thinks there's only one kind of music worth listening to, hip-hop. But how can Lisa be so sure when she's never really given other styles of music a chance? By pointing out all the music heard on their very own neighborhood block-Indian, waltz, even men playing silver spoons - Corduroy and Rosetta soon have Lisa dancing to the different rhythms of the street.
9 "Ship Ahoy" October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
A picnic in the park ends up becomes something else entirely when Corduroy ends up sailing solo on Moppy's toy boat. Moppy had promised Lisa he'd take care of Corduroy and now Corduroy's missing!
10 "Help Wanted" October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
Mom's in bed with a cold, so Lisa offers to make lunch. It'll be Lisa's first time preparing a meal on her own, and Mom has very clear instructions for Lisa to follow. But in the excitement of being a chef, Lisa bypasses a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich for an improvised pasta salad, featuring a dressing made out of prune juice!
11 "Flight of Fancy" November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
What a beautiful day for kite flying. Moppy and Lisa revel in watching their kite's soar with the breeze, until their competitive spirits rise too. They are so keen on flying their kites higher than the other's, their kite's end up stuck in a tree. Now working together, the pair constructs one kite out of makeshift parts, and Corduroy is given a soaring ride in the sky.
12 "1 + 1 = 2" November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
Lisa has spent her day at school learning about dinosaurs, and now she's going to build her own dinosaur out of pipe cleaners. Corduroy decides he's going to make a dinosaur too, out of felt. When Lisa meets her pipe cleaner dinosaur in her imagination, the dinosaur is terribly cold. When Corduroy meets his felt dinosaur in his imagination, the dinosaur is terribly wobbly. But by working together, and making one dinosaur out of both pipe cleaners and felt, they construct the perfect Stegosaurus.
13 "Cute as a Button" November 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
Lisa loses a race to Moppy and wonders if his smart-looking sneakers are the reason why. After all, her sneakers are so plain and boring. Corduroy, meanwhile, has lost a button, and worries that Lisa won't love him as much if he doesn't look his best. Both Lisa and Corduroy discover that appearance isn't everything. What's inside counts.
14 "Sleep Tight" November 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
Sometimes you're ready to try something new, but it's okay if you're not, as Moppy discovers when he visits Lisa for his first ever sleep over.
15 "Toothache" November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
Lisa doesn't tell Mom about her toothache, for fear a visit to the dentist's office will mean a big needle. But when Corduroy comes to Lisa about his hurt elbow, Lisa realizes the importance of asking for help when help is needed.
16 "Mop Top" November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
Change isn't easy to accept. Just ask Moppy and Corduroy. Moppy is delaying a dreaded visit to the Barber's for a much needed haircut. And Corduroy worries that his new blanket means he has to give up his treasured old blanket. Lisa finds a way to help reassure both her friends.
17 "Art Smart" November 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
A visit to Lisa's Mom's art gallery has Lisa, Corduroy, and Rosetta each making art. But Rosetta becomes jealous when she hears Lisa tell Corduroy she loves his sculpture. The consequences of jealousy become apparent when Rosetta accidentally damages Corduroy's sculpture, and ends up destroying her very own painting as well.
18 "A Hot Day in the City" November 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
Whew! What a hot day in the city! It's too late in the afternoon to take Corduroy to the beach, so Lisa decides to bring the beach to Corduroy! They transform their very own fire escape into a beach haven, using ingenuity and their imaginations to stay cool.
19 "Yours, Mine and Ours" December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)
A neighborhood block party has everyone out in heritage dress, dishing up ethnic cuisine. Moppy eats his way through the party, rudely pushing ahead of line-ups, and eagerly grabbing more than his share of food samples. Not only is Lisa is disturbed by Moppy's greedy behavior, she's finding Corduroy is also being a bit selfish, unwilling to share a piñata they won together in a contest.
20 "Say Cheese" December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)
Mrs. Cho gives Lisa a disposable instant camera, and Lisa zestfully sneaks up on her friends in the apartment building, taking snapshots of them in embarrassing poses (such as Mom in curlers and face cream). When, to her displeasure, Corduroy starts snooping around in her cedar chest, Lisa realizes she hasn't been respecting other people's privacy, and starts asking friends' permission before taking their photographs.
21 "Once, Twice, Ice" December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)
It's Lisa's first time trying to ice skate at the city's public rink, and she can hardly wait to try out the swirls and twirls she's seen seasoned skaters perform. But Lisa's debut on the ice is less than graceful, and she gives up before she's ever really started. When helping teach Corduroy how to do a somersault, Lisa understands the importance of perseverance and decides to try skating again.
22 "Sticks and Stones" December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)
Nicknames can hurt, as Lisa and Corduroy find out when, during exuberant play, Lisa takes to calling Moppy "Sloppy Toppy" and Corduroy takes to calling Buckaroo "Stuckaroo."
23 "Super Duper Market" December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
A visit to the supermarket has Lisa and Corduroy very excited. So excited they aren't paying attention to what's around them, as they play at the automatic sliding doors, almost drop jars of food, or practically start a shopping cart traffic jam. As Mom points out, it's better to be safe than sorry.
24 "Party Plans" December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
With Buckaroo and Rosetta's help, Lisa plans a special surprise party for Corduroy-to celebrate the day she brought him home from the department store! Unaware of these party plans, Corduroy feels unwanted and abandoned, mistakenly thinking his friends have decided they don't want to play with him anymore.
25 "Finder's Keepers" December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)
Lisa finds a lost puppy and decides to keep him. But "finders keepers" does not always hold true, as Lisa realizes when she remembers how it felt to lose Corduroy on the subway and decides to seek the puppy's rightful owner.
26 "Between the Covers" December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)
Reading and hearing stories read aloud bring great joy to Corduroy and Lisa. But when Lisa is allowed her very own library card, and misplaces a book, they realize that responsibility comes with the privilege of borrowing books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nelvana.com – Shows - Corduroy". www.nelvana.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Corduroy - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Corduroy - Lost and Found / Going Up - Ep.1 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Corduroy - TV Series (2000-2000)". tv-shows.prettyfamous.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Corduroy Episodes | TVGuide.com". www.tvguide.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 

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